Indian activist Disha Ravi arrives at Delhi court

Ravi was surrounded by police as she arrived at Patiala House Court in New Delhi.

Ravi, an environmental activist who is part of an organization founded by climate change activist Greta Thunberg, was arrested by Delhi police on Saturday (February 13), accused of sedition for her alleged role in the creation of an online "toolkit" intended to help farmers protesting reforms.

Police say this document stoked the violence that took place on India's Republic Day last month when farmers stormed the famous Red Fort in the old quarter of Delhi.

Sedition can be punished with a life sentence and Ravi's arrest has kicked off a firestorm of criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for using heavy-handed tactics to counter the farmers' agitation.